NWO invests 39,5 million euros in 158 young talented researchers

15 July 2016

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant of maximum 250,000 euros to 158 researchers who have recently gained their doctorate. With a Veni grant from NWO, highly promising young researchers can further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years.

The researchers will investigate a wide range of subjects, such as humour in the literature of the English Reformation, building nanostructures in living cells, and a new immunotherapy for intestinal cancer.

In the alphabetical list of awards all of the research proposals awarded are stated together with the facts and figures for this round.

Peer review

1056 researchers submitted a proposal for a Veni grant to NWO. These proposals were assessed by means of peer review by external experts from the disciplines concerned. Research proposals submitted were subsequently assessed within the NWO science divisions by broadly composed committees and this assessment included personal interviews with the applicants. Proposals at the boundary of different scientific disciplines (interdisciplinary) were assessed by a separate committee.

With the 158 Veni grants, NWO is investing a total of 39.5 million euros in curiosity-driven research. Together with Vidi and Vici, Veni is part of the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme of NWO.

All awarded research proposals are stated in the 2016 Veni Awards list, together with the associated facts and figures for this funding round.


Programme image Talent Scheme - plasma cloud in pink, blue and purple

Talent Scheme

The Talent Scheme offers individual funding to talented, creative researchers. Researchers can use this to develop their own innovative line of research. The Talent Scheme has three grants that match different phases in scientists' careers: Veni, for researchers who have recently gained a PhDs; Vidi, for experienced researchers and Vici, for excellent senior researchers who have demonstrated their ability to develop an innovative line of research successfully.

Source: NWO